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Murray plans to race today as scheduled

Artemis Racing will attempt to close out SoftBank Team Japan today to set up a Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Play-offs Final with Emirates Team New Zealand (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Iain Murray, the race director for the 35th America’s Cup, said today’s final races of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Play-off Semi-finals will go ahead as planned — despite the blustery conditions on the Great Sound.

“Even though the winds look pretty windy out there at the moment, they’re below the wind limits, so we are hoping to get away on time,” Murray said at this morning’s media briefing at the America’s Cup Race Village.

“But if we are above the wind limits, we will wait because we are pretty sure that the wind will subside during the day and we will be able to get into a racing situation. If we have to wait for the winds to moderate, we will.”

South-southwesterly winds are expected to peak at about 22 knots near the scheduled 2pm start of racing and gradually diminish.

There are a maximum two matches remaining in the semi-final between Artemis Racing and Softbank Team Japan to be contested today. Artemis lead the best-of-nine series 4-3.

The winner will face Emirates Team New Zealand in the finals, also best-of-nine, starting tomorrow.